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REAL FOOD Menu Plan 12.22.14

YIKES! Its just a few days before Christmas and I have zero gifts wrapped. We just came back from a long weekend vacation in Michigan to visit my family…..so as you can imagine I am now feeling a bit stressed. Last night after driving 8 hours home the kids asked what was for dinner, my answer….oatmeal, cereal and fruit and you can make it. I had no energy to do anything and I didn’t even drive home, my husband did. LOL

Now I need to plan our Christmas eve dinner, plus meals for the rest of the week and truth be told…I am not into it. I feel like my house is mess, laundry piling up and a ton of presents to wrap, which leaves no time for cooking. But, the family needs to eat and they can’t have oatmeal every night. I am making it easy on myself and picking meals that I either have in the freezer, can be made within 30 minutes or prepared beforehand.

How are you managing everything this week? Do you have a routine that you are sticking to or any special advice you would like to share because I need it…I am drowning over here!

Pumpking Ricotta Pancakes logoPumpkin Ricotta Pancakes – BREAKFAST FOR DINNER 

Crock Pot Chili

One of my favorites and easy to make and freeze - CROCK POT CHILI 

Turkey sloppy joes

Big hit with the kiddos – SLOPPY JOES 

REAL FOOD Menu Plan 12.22.14

Monday: Lemon Chicken with Fettuccine and Salad

Tuesday: Chili with salad and cornbread

Wednesday: Christmas Eve! It’s just the 4 of us (YAY) so we are planning a dinner of our favorites. Each person in the family gets to request one thing which will go with our orange glazed baked ham. Menu for that coming soon..

Thursday: Christmas! We will be munching on an amazing dinner made by my MIL so I am off the hook for dinner planning!

Friday: My husband is taking a “guys weekend” so it will be just the boys and I hanging for the weekend. They love breakfast for dinner so I know that will be a big hit.

Saturday: Using some of my venison for Sloppy Joes served with salad and homemade fries

Sunday: We are going to have a Sunday Funday in the city so dinner will be TBD.

Just remember when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with “life” a little organization goes a long way.  If you are still looking for inspiration head over to my Menu PlansOn Pinterest? Head over and check out my Family Meals Board for more real food inspirations. Here are some of my favorite spots on the web Musings of a HousewifeThe Vintage Mom and Org.Junkie.

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4 Responses to REAL FOOD Menu Plan 12.22.14

  1. miranda @lemonsandlaughs December 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Pinning for later! Those pancakes sound awesome!

  2. Megan December 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    That Crockpot Chili looks yummy, I bet my family would love that!

  3. Gina B December 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Breakfast for dinner the day after Christmas is perfect!

  4. Marci December 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Those pumpkin ricotta pancakes look fantastic!

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